One of the first English settlements, Williamsburg is a part of the Historic Triangle that includes the famous Jamestown and Yorktown. Originally founded as Middle Plantation, it was renamed after King William III and established as the capital of the Virginia colony in 1699. Since then Williamsburg has become one of the most historically significant cities in the U.S.
Travelers visit the famous Colonial Williamsburg, a living-history museum of 18th century architecture, homes, and shops both original and restored. You will find many interpreters in period dress and speech, who will gladly tour your group around the town. Notable buildings such as the George Wythe House and the Anderson Blacksmith Shop and Public Armory will allow you to step into the preserved past of daily colonial life and Revolutionary War times.
Groups may also like to stop by old Jamestown, the original capital of the Virginia settlement. Visitors can explore an archaeological park where scientists and historians have uncovered centuries of artifacts and remains tracing back to Fort James and an early Powhatan Indian Village.
Williamsburg is not without its supernatural charm; the nightly guided ghost tours are a popular way to glimpse into the city’s haunting past. But if that isn’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of alternatives ranging from interactive colonial theatres to theme parks to unique shopping ventures.